On This Day

What Happened on October 2, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 17 year old gelding Behavin Jerry, the oldest winning racehorse in modern times, sets record for most career starts by a thoroughbred, 307
  • Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran

Famous Birthdays

  • Luke Wilkshire, Australian soccer defender (80 caps; Dynamo Moscow, Bristol City), born in Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Toro, Taiwanese singer

Famous Deaths

  • Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63